Queensland medical device manufacturer wins for new $15 million export business

Medical device manufacturer Cook Medical Australia has won the Premier of Queensland’s Tom Burns Award for generating $15 million in revenue from its new export business to China and Vietnam.

Cook is a global medical device supplier, located in Brisbane’s Eight Mile Plains.

Cook Medical Australia’s operations manager Leigh Huffer accepted the trophy from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh at the Export Awards gala dinner presentation at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last week.

“Winning the Tom Burns Award is hugely significant for Cook Medical Australia as it acknowledges our export success to China and validates our export focused strategy, particularly our efforts to grow our export operations to China. This year we doubled the size of our regional warehouse and expanded our offices in China,” said Huffer.

According to Cook’s vice president and managing director, Barry Thomas, the company has enjoyed growth to the tune of $15 million due to its new export program to Asia.

“The continued investment in improved logistic capabilities in Asia coupled with manufacturing and support capabilities in Australia has been rewarded by a $15 million growth in export sales over the past financial year,” he said.

“Increased exporting allows continued investment in local research and development which creates added on-shore investment and potentially more jobs for Queenslanders.”

Cook Medical Australia manufactures and exports advanced medical devices including endovascular grafts used in minimally invasive vascular surgery for the treatment of aortic diseases, along with products for In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF).

“The products that we manufacture serve the needs of physicians, hospitals and patients in Australia and over 135 countries around the world with 88% of the products we manufacture in Australia being exported,” said Thomas.

“Our $26 million production and R&D facility at Eight Mile Plains, which also serves as our Asia Pacific headquarters is home to over 470 employees, including local engineering and manufacturing talent, with over 180 of these directly involved in export activities.”

The Queensland Export Awards, now in their 32nd year, publicly recognise the success and achievements of Queensland’s top exporters and their role to Australia’s economy and the state. 

The Tom Burns Award – won this year by Cook – was established in 2007 in memory of the late Honourable Tom Burns AO, an innovator and leader in building export markets and relationships for Queensland in China and Vietnam. 


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